If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, you might not have the same luck to keep a storage shed there. Sheds are small, usually styled like truncated barns for some reason, and can quickly deteriorate into an eyesore if they’re made out of less resilient materials… and they usually are. When a landscape contractor had a problem with materials (specifically the ones he was storing in stacks behind his business) he turned turned to Grey Organschi Architecture. Their solution proposed using those materials as a kind of exterior cladding.
Because the architects organized the building around both the dimensions of storage palettes and the turning radius/lifting capacity of the articulated loader, the building is essentially an extroverted shelving system. This enables the landscape contractor to, in the architects’ words: “reduce the sprawl of soil stockpiles and material pallets strewn around the surface of the site.” Which is significant since the site is within a conserved watershed. As if your backyard shed wasn’t inferior enough, the so-called Storage Barn has a rooftop array of solar panels which generate more power than the building consumes and is geothermally heated.
The project is from a few years ago, but was cited by the jury in their selection of Grey Organschi for the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture award. Plus, it’s a great project worth sharing. Other winners of the award include Marion Blackwell, Michael Maltzan and Hilary Ballon.